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Excel Guide

Print Perfection: A Guide on How to Insert a Page Break in Excel

Inserting page breaks in Excel is a key technique for controlling how your spreadsheet content is divided when printed. This guide will walk you through the steps to insert page breaks, ensuring your printed Excel documents are well-organized and visually appealing.

Step 1: Open Your Excel Spreadsheet

1.1 Launch Microsoft Excel and open the spreadsheet for which you want to insert page breaks.

Step 2: Navigate to the Worksheet

2.1 Click on the worksheet tab at the bottom of the Excel window to access the sheet where you want to insert page breaks.

Step 3: Select the Row or Column for the Page Break

3.1 Click on the row below which you want to insert a horizontal page break.

  • OR -3.2 Click on the column to the right of which you want to insert a vertical page break.

Step 4: Insert a Page Break

4.1 Go to the "Page Layout" tab in the Excel ribbon.4.2 In the "Page Setup" group, click on "Breaks."4.3 Choose either "Insert Page Break" or "Insert Horizontal Page Break" / "Insert Vertical Page Break" based on your selection in Step 3.

Step 5: Observe the Page Break Line

5.1 Notice the dashed line that appears on the selected row or column, indicating the inserted page break.

Step 6: Adjust Page Breaks (Optional)

6.1 To adjust the position of a page break, click and drag the dashed line to a new location.

Step 7: Save Your Spreadsheet

7.1 Save the Excel file to retain the inserted page breaks.

Additional Tips:

  • Remove Page Breaks: If needed, you can remove a page break by selecting the row or column with the page break and choosing "Remove Page Break" from the "Breaks" menu.
  • Preview Before Printing: Use the "Print Preview" option to visualize how your spreadsheet will look when printed, taking page breaks into consideration.


Inserting page breaks in Excel allows you to have more control over the layout when printing. Whether you're creating reports, financial statements, or any other document, strategically placed page breaks enhance the readability and professionalism of your printed Excel sheets. By following these steps, you'll be able to optimize the appearance of your printed documents and present your data in a clear and organized manner.